Former Jacksonville councilors Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown lose fraud calls

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The politicians, who are unrelated, traveled to separate prisons in January after prolonged delays in sentencing for convictions that ended a trial in 2019.

JACKSONVILLE, Florida – Editor’s Note: The above video is from a previous story, October 29, 2020.

Offers from former Jacksonville City Council members Katrina Brown and Reggie Brown to challenge their fraud convictions were dismissed by a federal appeals court.

“After a careful examination of the record and of the parties ‘briefs, and with the benefit of oral argument, we find that the appellants’ arguments lack merit,” a three-judge panel for the 11th United States Court of Appeals concluded last month.

The judges confirmed prison sentences former lawmakers are serving – 33 months for Katrina Brown and 18 months for Reggie Brown – for being convicted of dozens of counts stemming from the misuse of loan money for a project factory that once promised to create needed jobs in a troubled neighborhood.

Politicians, who are unrelated, reported in separate prisons in January after prolonged delays in sentencing for convictions that ended a trial in 2019.

A Federal Bureau of Prisons website said Katrina Brown is scheduled for release in June 2023 from Marianna Federal Correctional Facility, about 65 miles west of Tallahassee. Reggie Brown, who began his sentence in a jail in Jesup, Ga., Is now assigned to a residential rehabilitation office outside of Orlando and is expected to be released in May.

Both Browns had categorically denied having committed a crime when they were charged with conspiracy to commit mail and electronic fraud to get money from a federally backed small business lender.

Jacksonville City Hall and a US Small Business Administration-backed lender have cumulatively advanced about $ 3 million for a project to convert a warehouse on Commonwealth Avenue into a factory for Jerome Brown barbecue sauce, the flagship of restaurants in Katrina Brown’s family.

The loans were approved before Katrina Brown was elected to the board in 2015 and before prosecutors said Reggie Brown was joining a plot, but jurors ultimately concluded both. worked together for a series of payments for work that Katrina Brown falsely claimed was done by companies controlled by Reggie Brown.

Jacksonville City Hall and a US Small Business Administration-backed lender have cumulatively advanced about $ 3 million for a project to convert a warehouse on Commonwealth Avenue into a factory for Jerome Brown barbecue sauce, the flagship of restaurants in Katrina Brown’s family.

The loans were approved before Katrina Brown was elected to the board in 2015 and before prosecutors said Reggie Brown was joining a plot, but jurors ultimately concluded both. worked together for a series of payments for work that Katrina Brown falsely claimed was done by companies controlled by Reggie Brown.

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